Heartland church collects gifts for Operation Christmas Child

East Center Community Church - Operation Christmas Child. (Raven Brown/KTVO)

One Heartland church is collecting gifts for the Christmas holiday to bring joy to needy children around the world.

Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes filled with gifts and delivers them to children.

This is the world's largest Christmas project.

Since 1993, more than 100 million shoe box gifts have been delivered to children in more than 130 countries.

This Sunday, East Center Community Church in Kirksville will collect toys.

The church will have a blessing of the boxes and then after, take those who attend out for pizza.

"The majority of these boxes go out to children that have been impacted because they are on the move. Immigrants, orphan children due to war, aids and other things like that," said East Center Community Church Pastor John Davison.

When picking out toys, try not to pick items that resemble violence or war and stick to toys like stuffed animals, coloring books and non-liquid toiletries.

"It's a really, really good mission," Pastor Davison said. "It's not about feeling good, it's about living your faith and helping others."

Operation Christmas Child Collection and Luncheon will be held Sunday, November 12 starting at 10:00 a.m. at East Center Community Church.

For full directions on how to donate a box, click here.

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